White House Petition on School Libraries!

Please take a moment to sign this important petition which specifically asks the Obama administration to “ensure that every child in America has access to an effective school library program.” 25,000 signatures are required in order for this petition to be viewed by White House staff, no later than February 4, 2012.

Free Webinar: Data Visualization for Advocacy

Data Visualization for Advocacy
Tuesday, December 20, 2011 2 pm Eastern ♦ 90 min.

You have data, now what will you do with it? This webinar will look at ways you can use graphic design and visualization to bring your data to life and to use it to further your advocacy goals. We will look at examples of advocacy campaigns using data visualization and discuss an overview of design principles, the design process, and visual tools for strategic planning. We will share sample graphics commissioned by the Gates Foundation and discuss resources for inspiration, tools, and further exploration. This session is designed to build on a workshop offered at the November State Library Capacity Meeting in Seattle, but is open to anyone in public libraries who is interested in learning more about how to visually use data to help tell a compelling story.

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Vermont Libraries Calendars Now Available

The Vermont Library Association is pleased to offer a 2012 wall calendar featuring one glorious Vermont library per county for a total of fourteen months. You can spend a beautiful year getting to know Vermont’s public libraries and help support them. Each month provides a window into the history and personality of each library with great pictures, interesting stories and bits of statistics. The 12 x 22 inch format affords plenty of space for writing appointments and includes all major holidays and moon phases. Best of all profits from the sale of each calendar stays with the libraries to support their services. This calendar will make gifts during the great holiday season! The pre-order deadline is September 8, for delivery at the end of October. Contact your local library to pre-order or determine whether they will have stock available for sale in November. For more information, go to www.VLACalendarProject.org.

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A Small But Powerful Webinar for Winning Big Support for Your Rural Library

Join us for an introduction to the revised edition of the popular Small But Powerful Guide to Winning Big Support for Your Rural Library, a new toolkit from the American Library Association’s Committee on Rural, Native, and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds, Office for Literacy and Outreach Services, and the Association for Rural and Small Libraries. This webinar will introduce you to the tips and strategies presented in the toolkit, share the experiences of a rural librarian who has built support for her library, and introduce you to some of the additional advocacy tools and resources from the American Library Association.

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Free Advocacy Training Opportunity: Turning the Page 2.0

A new session of PLA’s exciting advocacy training opportunity will soon be upon us. Please consider participating. Vermont Public Librarian Certification credit will be available.

Turning the Page 2.0 (TtP 2.0) is a free public library advocacy training course developed and presented by the Public Library Association (PLA) with generous support from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

In this six-week, facilitated online course, library staff and supporters will learn how to create and tell their library’s story, deliver effective presentations, develop a compelling case for support, and build and sustain partnerships along the way.

Participants are encouraged to come with a specific, self-determined advocacy goal for their library. At the end of six weeks, you’ll have a complete Advocacy Work Plan to guide your efforts.

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Donations for Flooded Vermont Public Libraries

We have received many calls and emails from people all across the country who want to help our libraries. We are grateful to all of you and want to let you know how you can best help our libraries at this time. For now, please do not send books. Instead, we are accepting cash donations.

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ALA Emerging Leader Survey

From Kate Walker of the Anderson County Library in Anderson, SC:

We are members of the 2011 ALA Emerging Leaders class. Our group is working on a presentation for PLA 2012 and we would like to ask for your help. Could you please take a few minutes to fill out this short survey? Would it be possible to distribute the survey within the Vermont Library Association? We would appreciate it greatly.

Our research focuses on multi-generational library staff. Among other things, we are examining the cultural and philosophical differences as well as ways to strengthen collaboration, communication, and productivity when working with cross-generation colleagues.

This research will be presented at a session at PLA 2012 and possibly will be published.

Here is a link to the anonymous survey: http://tinyurl.com/PLA-ELsurvey

Last Call for Ideas for IMLS – Deadline August 12

Greetings,
I am forwarding the message below from Susan Hildreth, Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), asking for your participation in the IMLS IdeaScale process. I have heard from some of you and thank you for your participation. If you have not yet logged in, this is your chance to help IMLS develop their new strategic plan. Deadline for participation is August 12.

Access IdeaScale at: http://imls.ideascale.com

Please consider voting for one or more of DOL’s prioirties:

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Advocacy Training Opportunity: Turning the Page 2.0

Turning the Page 2.0 (TtP 2.0) is a free public library advocacy training course developed and presented by the Public Library Association (PLA) with generous support from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

In this six-week, facilitated online course, library staff and supporters will learn how to create and tell their library’s story, deliver effective presentations, develop a compelling case for support, and build and sustain partnerships along the way.

Participants are encouraged to come with a specific, self-determined advocacy goal for their library. At the end of six weeks, you’ll have a complete Advocacy Work Plan to guide your efforts.

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